SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The Caddo Commission has voted on a resolution calling for independent, third-party inquiries into any death at a parish-owned facility or property.
The proposal sponsored by Commissioner Stephen Jackson came in response to the death March 16 of Caddo Correctional inmate Casey Louis Simpson, 31.
Caddo commissioners voted 7-4 in favor of Resolution 35. This vote now allows an independent investigation into Simpson’s death.
The vote was almost tabled during the meeting. Commissioner John Atkins asked to table the vote based upon what HR calls the “broadness of the resolution.”
That tabled vote failed and the resolution was passed.
Simpson’s mother, Laura Sabbath, said she is relived the resolution passed. “They heard me, they listened to me. They heard the pleas of me, my family, community, it’s amazing.”
Sabbath is asking for the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office to show her the video of her son’s death. She told KSLA News 12 she will accept it if the findings of the investigation match the findings of the sheriff’s and coroner’s offices..
Several community activists were at the meeting to show support.
Breka Peoples and Caitlin Douglas both advocated for the resolution to pass. Peoples said the family is looking to hire an attorney.
Jackson, the commissioner who sponsored the resolution, said the family has 30 days after Simpson’s death to initiate an independent investigation.